Archive for June 29, 2011

Bowl of Fruit vs Bowl of Candy!

We as parent have the choice to give our kids more access to fruits and vegetables or candy. This video explains how easy it is to make the right choice.

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Sneak Peek At Our Upcoming FREE ebook!

Here is a sneak peek at our upcoming ebook! Be sure to stay tuned for the release date. We will be offering the book here at HealthyFitFamilies.com as a FREE Download.

Effective Bodyweight Fitness by Demitrius Snaer and Dale Hancock

Here is the cover:

Here is a Sneak Peek at one of the exercise spreads:

Sneak Peek of our upcoming ebook

 

Please let us know if you have any comments or questions. Our ebook is going to be packed with great pictures and descriptions of exercises that you and your family can do at home. NO GYM NEEDED!

 

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Are You Counting Your Calories Correctly?


Be sure to also check out our article on Quick Facts About Calories.

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Fitness Phone Apps


 

Check out these cool phone apps that will help you with your fitness goals!

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Fit For You – Fun For Them

Do you ever find yourself sitting in front of the computer or television, neglecting your kids for hours on end?

After a long day of work do you come home and just plop your butt on the couch?

It can be quite easy to allow a full day to pass you by. Then at night when you are tucking your kids into bed you realize that you didn’t spend the amount of time with them that you should have.

Well……..I have the answer. Kill two birds with one stone. There is no need to find a babysitter. Don’t worry about whether or not the gym’s day care is open. Work out with your kids. Or…….use your kids for the work out. With a little creativity you can engage in activities that are Fit For You and Fun For Them.

Here are a few examples:

(Shoulder Ride) Lunges

 (Yeeeeaaaa!!) Chest Presses

(Piggy Back) Squats

 (Give Me A Kiss) Curls

Check out this video we shot at a local park:

 

Working out with your children is a great way to stay in shape and spend quality time with them. Use the weight of your child as resistance to increase the intensity of your training. The occasional laugh or giggle will certainly help keep your mind off of the pain. You will also be amazed at how your children take on the role of the personal trainer.

One more time Mommy,” and “again Daddy,” are common commands!

Working out with your children or “with” your children is a win/win situation for everyone. Get off the couch, head to the park, enjoy the time with your kids, and get your butt in shape.

Do you have a great work out that you do with your kids? Please share your creative ideas with everyone. Feel free to comment belwow.

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A Daughter’s First Date!


She’s been waiting for this day for quite some time. She was wearing her new blue dress and shoes, and wore her hair half up, so that her new peace sign earrings peeked out a little. Not even the weekend’s worth of homework, she was assigned earlier could ruin what was sure to be the perfect first date.

As they began to depart her home, her little sister looked up at them with sadness wondering why she couldn’t go. Unfortunately for her, it wasn’t her turn. Her mom, impressed by his manners, politeness, and the rose he brought her, hugged them both on their way out.

“Have a great time!” She yelled as they walked hand in hand toward his car.

He quickly approached the passenger door, opened it, and allowed her to get strapped in before gently shutting the door. When he hopped in he asked, “Are you comfortable?” She replied modestly with an affirmative nod and a smile, and they were on their way. The drive was serene; the music was in the back ground as their conversation took center stage. To him it was a silly conversation but to her, very profound.

“Jessica got a new hamster today. She’s so lucky, they have so many pets. I don’t know why we don’t have more pets.”

“I bet that’s a lot of work,” he replied.

She continues, “Bailey’s new dog poops everywhere, but he’s so cute. I wish we could get a puppy.”

“I bet that’s a lot of work,” he continued.

After parking at the restaurant, he opened her door, “watch your step,” he uttered.

“Thanks,” she said, as she gazed with guiltless eyes.  

They walked to the door; he opened it and allowed her to enter before him. At her request they were seated in a corner booth near a window. She liked the cushion seats, and the view of kids frolicking around. “That kid has ice cream, I hope we are getting ice cream later.”

“BUZZ… BUZZ… BUZZ” his phone hummed. He looked at the message. “How is it”? The text said. He picked up the phone and began to respond.

Daddy, no texting on dates,” she said with a stern voice, and slight wag of her index finger. She was conscious of the rules long before this first date.

“You’re absolutely right,” he said as he turned the phone off and put it away. “You should have your date’s undivided attention. And besides, mom shouldn’t be disrupting our date.”

“So are we getting ice cream? What about a dog? Bailey says they aren’t that much work. Jessica has 3 dogs, 2 hamsters, a bird, a cat, and an iguana. If they can have all that, we can handle one dog and one cat.”

“Let’s just eat and we’ll think about that later,” he retorted.

When they returned home, his younger daughter met them at the door. “My turn soon right daddy?”

“Of course it’ll be your turn soon.” He replied.

That night as he tucked his older daughter in bed he gave her a very long hug and thought about what the night meant to him. He realized it might be years before she understood the importance of that first date. He hoped that she would demand the same respect and attention from the teenager who would have the opportunity to take her on her next first date. He planned an infinite amount of dates with her before her next first date. He thought back about her first steps, the first night she slept in her own bed, the day they took off her training wheels, her first day of kindergarten, the first time she…

“Daddy you’re squeezing too hard.” She brought him back to reality. He kissed her on the head and said, “good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs… “Bite!” She finished as she always did.

Dads should date their daughters before anyone else gets to. Show them what respect should resemble and how it reciprocates. Dads can only understand what it means to entrust another person with their daughter’s innocence. You play a very important role in how they will demand respect and adoration as they grow older. Don’t take the early years for granted as they can’t be repeated. If you don’t show your daughter how a first date should go, someone else will.

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Where’s The Exercise? Pyramid vs. Plate!

In its quest to have a more simplistic approach to healthy living, the USDA’s “MyPlate” left out a very important element that the “MyPyramid” included; Exercise! The figure walking up the stairs on the Pyramid symbolizes the importance of exercise along with healthy eating. It is important that we be reminded that healthy eating is only one part of preventing chronic illness and hypokinetic diseases. The other is exercise. I think the plate is great but maybe the USDA should have considered having a person jogging holding the plate up in the air. I can’t imagine why exercise was left out. Any ideas?

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Healthy Snacks For Summer

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Try This Great Body Weight Circuit!

If your daily workout is becoming a bore or you only have about 10 minutes. Try this. Beginners try 3 sets of 6 reps and Advanced should try 5 sets of 6 reps. No Breaks! No Excuses!

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I don’t want to work out. I need to win the weight loss lottery!

Weight Loss LotteryWhat if there was such a thing as a Weight Loss Lottery? Enter your name into a magic raffle and wait for the results. If you are the lucky Joe or Jane to be drawn, you will get to walk through a magical chamber and come out the other side with your dream body. Wouldn’t that be nice? I wish it were that easy. Unfortunately, reaching your goals will require hard work. Good thing is you actually have the opportunity to obtain your goals when it comes to your body.

Think about it. As nice as it would be, would you want to bet your body on a random gamble? You can’t control the luck of the draw. Why take the gamble when you can already control the results. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Gamble as: “to bet on an uncertain outcome.” Would you sit around and purchase a ticket week after week if such a prize existed? The answer is probably yes. I know I would give up my coffee money a day or two a week in order to take the gamble. On the other hand though, I could not sit around and wait for my lucky day. I would not bet my body on an uncertain outcome.

I know that hard work will get me to my goals faster than any magic ticket could. The great thing about it too is that there is hope for all of us. Everyone can’t win a million dollars in the lottery. Your chances are slim to none. What we can all do is work hard and Train Our Butts Off! Hard work will get you further than any Weight Loss Lottery ever could.

You can start by taking a jog to your local convenient store tonight. Burn some extra calories and purchase an actual lotto ticket. If you win, send me half the money and thank me for changing your life financially. If you don’t win, continue to stay active and realize you have the power to change your body, but more importantly, your overall health!

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